A Helpful Reminder

A fellow reader and supporter has reminded me of the post i wrote while in Germany titled, ” I do believe! Help me overcome my unbelief.” Thank you. I will take that with me  into battle this weekend.

In fact, it ties in with the message i heard when i visited the New Frontiers Church in Cardfiff this last Sunday, Hope Church. Brace yourself! If you don’t know much, don’t like much or not able to listen to things about Jesus Christ and the Christian life, now is a good time to change channels. If not, read on – a lot of my thoughts and preparations this week are hugely influenced by what i listened to.

He spoke from the book in the bible Mark chapter 5 [Mark 5:21-43], where two people approached Jesus with the faith that their requests would be heard and granted – the faith that healing would occur. What the preacher  was drawing our attention to was the fact that these two individuals overcame certain obstacles, and took the risk to meet with Jesus.

The first was a man called Jairus who was a synagogue ruler – at the time he would have been one of the people who opposed Jesus, and also held quite a high rank in society. Therefore he risked his reputation being seen talking with Jesus, let alone, asking Him to heal his dying daughter. The second was a woman who had bleeding issues for 12 years. In those times the community would ostricize you and call you “unclean”, and everything touched by an unclean person would be deemed “unclean”. She reached out and touched Jesus’ cloak as He passed by while he was heading towards the dying girl, believing that she would be healed. Jesus turned to her and said, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

So, what does this have to do with my squash? The two individuals overcame personal obstacles, had faith in what (in whom) they believed in, and took steps towards what they were hoping for (actually fought their way through crowds). I see tonnes of squash in that!!!

Note: The Bible defines faith as: “…being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” [Hebrews 11:1]

On Saturday, i also read that in Christ i/we/you have, “…taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in  knowledge in the image of its Creator.” [Colossians 3:9-10]. So, in squash terms the old player was me, pre-Germany. Now i have been equipped with new skills, a stronger body and should really embrace the new player that I am, and not just easily fold back into playing the old way simply because it is easier and is within my comfort zone.

With this current world ranking, i am going to have to fight in each match to get close to what i desire – to see my world ranking rise. I’m going to have to get over my fears and doubts, play hard and play fair. The total outcome, when’s and how’s, i do not fully know and i cannot see. But i will continue to have faith and be patient in knowing that each rally played is part of the game plan for that match. I will continue to have faith that each tournament played brings much needed experience and ranking points…ammunition for some major upsets in future games.

Now, let’s march into battle!

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